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  • jimmy 8:19 pm on March 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , economy, , politics,   

    I just love (sarcasm, btw) how in the face of $14 trillion in debt and a $1.3 trillion deficit the favorite target of some deficit hawks has become $10.5 billion in high-speed rail funding (I say “some” because I consider myself to be a deficit hawk and I don’t share this view). I really wonder if the governors of Florida, Wisconsin and Ohio were paying any attention whatsoever in school when they learned about how we got out of the great depression? Come to think of it, they probably went to the same schools as the people who thought it would really solve all of our economic problems to give a bunch of money (although calling trillions of dollars a “bunch of money” is kind of like calling the Pacific Ocean “some water”…it’s technically true, but grossly misleading) to the guys who created the problems in the first place (again with an analogy: “so, Mr. Murderer, what say we make your punishment a few days where we pretend to consider putting you to death, and then we give you an AK-47 and let you roam the streets again; sound fair?”).

    Interesting fact: Japan has the oldest HSR network in the world, and China has the largest (and fastest…did we still want to beat China? Because we’re losing this battle, too. Just saying.). Unemployment in Japan is 5.1% and in China it’s ~4.5% (as with all things China, it’s not entirely clear). In America it’s 8.9%.

    Oh I know unemployment probably has very little correlation with HSR networks, but I figure it’s as close as the HSR-deficit correlation, and it’s just as illogical.

    Speaking of illogic, I should remind the governors that I just got a carrier pigeon that the National Association or People Who’d Rather Live In The Stone Age is sending a “thank you” stone tablet in support of your bold deficit reduction efforts. It’s being sent by Norfolk Southern rail, so it should arrive within 36 hours.

  • jimmy 9:36 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: politics,   

    Stephen Colbert completely broke character on Friday testifying before the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law:

    “I like talking about people who don’t have any power. It seemed like one of the least powerful people in the United States are migrant workers who come and do our work but don’t have any rights as a result. And yet we still invite them to come here and at the same time ask them to leave. That’s an interesting contradiction to me. And whatever you do for the least of my brothers — and these seem like the least of our brothers right now. A lot of people are least brothers right now because the economy is so hard. I don’t want to take anyone’s hardship away from them or diminish anything like that. But migrant workers suffer and have no rights.”


  • jimmy 11:19 am on June 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bp, , , oil spill, politics, uk   

    For the record, I’m not one to blame the Brits for the mass of oil in our ocean and on our shores (I’m well aware of the transgressions of our own MMS and both the last and current White Houses). I would however like to remind those citizens of the fine British Isles that being snarky at America for finding one bit of relief in all this (that for once it’s not a big, bad American company that’s fucking up the environment) is not the best way to endear yourselves to me or us. Every time an American company or government has screwed something or somebody we’ve (some of us, anyway) been apologetic because it’s embaressing and shameful to be connected with such activities. To my knowledge BP is (or was) a rather well-liked company in the UK, if the fact that 30% of the population owns stock in the firm is any indication. All I ask now is that you carry that connection and possibly shame it brings the same way we Americans have “owned” the presidency of Bush or any other shameful international activicties we’ve watched occur. The oil spill is no doubt our problem (a result of dozens of factors, many of which were homegrown), but BP is most certainly yours.

  • jimmy 10:17 pm on May 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bbc, , , politics,   

    Help me out here. Am I just being silly, or is it really weird that, despite the fact that they both generally have the same information, the BBC News story about the Gulf Oil Spill is presented in a completely different way from the CNN story. Observe:

    Third major story on BBC News, the fact that the oil is in the Loop Current leading the headline.

    On CNN: 5th story down the list of “recent news,” after no less than 5 stories about the primary elections yesterday and with a headline that’s kinda weak (“Where is the gulf oil spill headed”? You mean, BESIDES the Loop Current and the History Books?).

    Once you get into the stories, too, this difference continues: CNN’s headline tells us that the tar balls found in Key West are not from the oil spill (subtext: nothing to worry about, go back to your SUV now!). Lots of warm and fuzzies there. Only in the 6th paragraph do we get to the part about the oil being dragged towards Key West, Cuba and the entire East Coast (after I’m guessing a fair percentage of readers have stopped skimming and have moved on to the video about the Hooters employee asked to lose weight [#2 right now on CNN, just after the article about the Wall Street Reform bill]) while the BBC’s article headline is a more, um, forward “Gulf oil now in powerful Loop Current, scientists say”. Oh um, yeah, sounds like a good thing to report, don’t you think, CNN?

    OK. I’ve said my piece, what do you think?

  • jimmy 4:11 am on May 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , politics, ,   

    What the heck?

    I don’t have time for a long rant, because I have school work (using and for technologies our president apparently doesn’t understand) but I’m gonna make time for a short rant:

    As someone who’s grown up with, lived and breathed high technology, and as someone who spends his entire life processing information, both with my technology and in my own mind (brainz: the original supercomputers) I would like to respectfully tell the president that he’s full of shit.

    Further, to the idea that the only way to truly “master” (my word, not his) this dangerous menace (again, my words) is to spend 12 years in school and then 4 years in a $25+ grand/year college and then perhaps a graduate program or two I say: bull-fucking-shit. Far from needing more idiots with Ivy League degrees to help us “shape” how we use information technology, we need the kids who know how to work an iPod, iPad and Xbox AND WHO DON’T ever aspire to have a college degree helping us shape the future. That sir, is truly the way of “emancipation” (his word, not mine).

    The idea that the only way to change the world is to not let our technology “control” us, and the idea that the only way to not let that happen is to “do good in our studies” are both bullshit. Some of the smartest people I know bomb their classes (me included). Some of the most awesome people I know have never even considered college. Some of the leaders of tomorrow will never set foot into a college classroom, mark my words.

    Not only should we be wary of “an education” (as most people narrowly define it: 12 grades as a child, 4 years in college, etc.) “freeing” us from the oppressive grips of information technology, we should be doing the exact opposite: using information tech to free us from the oppressive grips of an abusive education system that is a century behind on technology and ideas.

    Seriously, what kind of western democratically-elected political leader even comes CLOSE to saying that information is bad. What?

    Am I overreacting? This just seemed really weird coming from anybody, let alone Obama.


  • jimmy 6:56 am on May 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , politics,   

    “Since the 1950s the pursuit of profit has forced 8000 miles of marshes to yield to man-made canals, essentially to make oil exploration and shipping easier. It’s estimated that the state of Louisiana loses 25 square miles of wetlands every year. If we were losing that much land to another country, we would be at war. America has a choice to make about the state of Louisiana: is Louisiana part of our country or isn’t it? Because if Louisiana is part of America, than the America people and the American government have to begin to defend Louisiana against American greed.” -Rachel Maddow, May 3, 2010, Venice, Louisiana.

    Her entire 2-minute show-ending speech is pretty epic. Watch it.

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